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Awards & Accolades

BIS is an amazing school because of the efforts of so many over the past decade — the Board of Trustees, the Superintendent, district staff, teachers, counselors, administrators, parents, and students. Our journey continues and there is more work to be done, but how wonderful to celebrate our successes to date! Read the impressive achievements of our school and students below.

2017 California Schools to Watch Award



BIS was selected as a California School to Watch —Taking Center Stage School for 2016-17. As the only recipient in San Mateo County to have ever received this honor, we now join a very select cadre of 89 schools in California, and more than nearly 500 around the nation that are Schools to Watch!


As a Schools to Watch recipient, BIS is recognized for programs that are academically excellent, developmentally responsive, socially equitable and structured for success. In the words of State Superintendent Tom Torlakson, “Schools to Watch... middle schools teach deeply to standards, assess ongoing student progress, and use data to make decisions. They develop confident and capable adolescent citizens, differentiate instruction for all learners, and provide effective interventions to struggling students and English learners.“

BIS was honored in February 2017 at the California League of Middle Schools conference in Sacramento, and again in June at the National Middle Schools conference in Washington D.C.

See the attached for an overview of what earned us this distinguished honor >


“Schools to Watch... middle schools... develop confident and capable adolescent citizens, differentiate instruction for all learners, and provide effective interventions to struggling students and English learners.“

- State Superintendent Tom Torlakson


2017 MathCON



Burlingame School District is pleased to announce that two students have earned Silver Medals (including one BIS 6th grader), and four students have earned an Honorable Mention (including one BIS 7th grader) after competing in the MathCON Final Round at the University of Illinois in Chicago on April 22, 2017.  

49,685 students from across the country in grades 5-12 participated in the MathCON on-line preliminary competition earlier this year, and nine students from BSD placed in the top one percent in the country. These nine students were then invited to compete against the top 576 students in the nation, in the MathCON Final Round in Chicago. BSD and Swun Math, LLC sponsored the trip.

Learn more about MathCON here >



BIS 6th Grader


BIS 7th Grader


2017 California Gold Ribbon School

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that 275 middle schools and high schools are being honored under the Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program and Burlingame Intermediate School is one of the California Gold Ribbon Schools for 2017.


“These terrific schools are leading the way in embracing our new rigorous academic standards and showing others how to help students succeed on their way to 21st century careers and college,“ Torlakson said.


The California Gold Ribbons Schools Award was created to honor schools in place of the California Distinguished Schools Program, which is on hiatus while California creates new assessment, accountability, and continuous improvement systems.


Schools applied for the award based on a model program or practice their school has adopted that includes standards-based activities, projects, strategies, and practices that can be replicated by other local educational agencies. The Gold Ribbon Awards recognize California schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education. These include the California Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, California English Language Development Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards.


Gold Ribbon Schools represent examples of not just excellent teaching, learning and collaborating, but also highly successful school climate efforts, ranging from real time conflict resolution to positive behavior intervention.

Read State Superintendent Tom Torlakson's announcement here >


“These terrific schools are leading the way in embracing our new rigorous academic standards...“

- State Superintendent Tom Torlakson


2017 Kent Awards



On May 2, 2017, San Mateo County School Boards Association (SMCSBA) awarded BIS You Fair one of twenty-two 2017 J. Russell Kent Awards. The awards are given to outstanding and innovative programs either in the classroom or outside the classroom as well as district-wide programs. Applicants must demonstrate their programs promote student success, employ a high degree of creativity, and demonstrate transferability. Named after past San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools, J. Russell Kent, SMCSBA initiated the J. Russell Kent Award Program in the 1980-81 school year.


Burlingame Intermediate School’s annual You Fair promotes healthy living in a fun and engaging environment. Through the collaborative efforts of parents, teachers, staff, and the local community, students experience a challenging obstacle course, an inspiring motivational speaker and hands-on activities and booths covering a wide range of topics including drug and tobacco awareness, body image, fire safety, healthy eating and other topics relevant to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The students work together throughout the day, creating a strong and supportive school culture, as they learn the importance of caring for themselves, their school, and each other.

SMCSBA, representing 22 school districts, the San Mateo Community College District, and the San Mateo County Office of Education, presented the 2017 Kent Awards on May 22, 2017.


See all the award winners here >

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